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Sonar Re-Imagines the Washbasin – Metropolis

Sonar Re-Imagines the Washbasin – Metropolis

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Designer Patricia Urquiola developed new merchandise for Laufen’s Sonar assortment of loo fixtures, together with a standalone bathtub and a number of other sinks that echo the gathering’s visible language of ripples and curves. Courtesy Laufen

With Sonar, a recent assortment of sanitary fixtures, Swiss toilet specialists Laufen are taking full benefit of the design alternatives opened up by SaphirKeramik, a flexible, malleable, and sturdy ceramic materials the corporate developed. A singular ceramic materials with revolutionary high-tech attributes, Saphirkeramik is the results of years of analysis by Laufen to create a brand new era of merchandise.

Designed by Patricia Urquiola, Sonar re-imagines the washbasin, providing a collection of new shapes, configurations, and conveniences not present in conventional toilet fixtures. Even the identify of the gathering hearkens to the fabric’s lightness and malleability, she says.

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“I favored the thought of utilizing the little waves generated by sound. The feel on the skin of the washbasin bowls was modeled on these waves. I not solely needed to work with the lightness of the ceramics, I additionally needed to discover a strategy to design its floor,” she says.

The inspiration of sound waves echoes all through the gathering, texturing the outside floor of things such because the oval-shaped free-standing bathtub. Fitted with an integral faucet ledge and a spherical dish that attaches to the bathtub’s slim rim to carry physique care necessities, the bathtub is a balanced mixture of the sensible and the stylish.

The motif additionally finds its method into the D-shape of the gathering’s basins and bogs, which recall the outward ripple of sound waves or a pebble dropped in water. A sloping entrance that’s accessible on a number of of the basins is made potential by the brand new materials and channels water to a transverse recess the place a drain hid beneath a canopy whisks it away.

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Courtesy Laufen

Urquiola capitalized on the fabric’s lightness so as to add new merchandise to the gathering together with a compact double bowl washbasin that, due to SaphirKeramik takes up solely as a lot house as the one bowl model, with out compromising on basin quantity.

To accent the clear strains and sterile whiteness of the SaphirKeramik washbasins, she paired them with self-importance items accessible in gold, copper, and titanium metallic finishes in addition to a black limestone with white veins. The Sonar assortment consists of floor-standing and wall-mounted washbasins, two washbasin bowls and a double washbasin bowl, additionally accessible in white matt and all fabricated from SaphirKeramik. All washbasin bowls could be ordered with textured or easy surfaces; the washbasins are solely accessible with easy surfaces. A tub within the attribute assortment design, fabricated from Laufen’s high-tech Sentec materials, completes the ensemble.

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